SAFE Credit Union launches next cohort to staff high school branches

FOLSOM, CALIF. (STL.News) – SAFE Credit Union celebrated its next cohort of high school students who will operate their high schools’ SAFE branches in the coming school year. The students successfully completed an immersive, two-week study program in banking principles they will use at SAFE branches at Mesa Verde and Rio Linda high schools.

SAFE Credit Union Community and Advocacy Engagement Manager Amanda Merz hosted the luncheon celebrating the interns’ graduation. The program, conducted at SAFE headquarters in Folsom, exposes students to all facets of the credit union business, including customer service, the basics of account management, and helping peers understand the importance of saving.

Students will apply their newly learned skills when they operate their schools’ SAFE branches. They will help their fellow students open and maintain checking and savings accounts. They take deposits, handle withdrawals, and help peers learn how to balance their accounts.

The program serves the students in various ways. They learn banking principles they can apply to their own financial futures as well as use in peer-to-peer coaching opportunities. They also learn important job skills, including providing professional customer service, dressing appropriately, and showing up on time for work.

“SAFE is committed to financially educating our community, especially our teens and young adults,” said Amanda Merz. “Providing teens with the ability to gain financial knowledge, perspective, and information ensures students feel empowered and informed about the financial choices they make.”

Miranda Bicking, a sophomore at Mesa Verde High School, summed up the experience: “Thank you for helping me with my future and giving me a better chance. In the past two weeks I’ve learned so much my brain hurts!”

About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. The credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $3 billion in assets and more than 235,000 members. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person care for members at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region and a mortgage lending office serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amadors, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA. http://www.safecu.org